The best kindness, productivity and video-wrangling apps of the week

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What a bevy of beautiful apps we have this week.
Photo: Cult of Mac

This week we embed YouTube videos in music apps, do kind deeds with the Awesome social network, and never search for files again on the Mac (thanks to Hook).

Minit

Minit
Minit takes just a minute.
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Minit is a Zelda-style adventure game, only each time you play, the turn only lasts one minute. Instead of spending hours wandering back and forth through the same locales, you get down to business fast.

And that’s a good thing, because it has blocky 1-bit graphics that are ridiculous, even by retro-fanatic standards. And the music is equally basic and grating.

It’s a “refreshingly innovative concept” though, according to our own Luke Dormehl, who wrote about it this week.

Price: $4.99

Download: Minit from the App Store (iOS)

Tube AU

Tube AU playing a video inside AUM.
Tube AU playing a video inside AUM.
Photo: Cult of Mac

Tube AU is an Audio Unit that loads YouTube videos. The idea is that you can use it to load a video inside any Audio Unit host app on your iPad, and then pipe the video’s audio into it. This is handy for grabbing audio samples from YouTube videos, for example. It also lets you mix the relative audio level of videos if you’re using an external audio interface to hook up to speakers.

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Tube AU from the App Store (iOS)

Awesome

Awesome is a new social network, kind of the Instagram for kindness.
Awesome.
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Sponsored: Awesome is a new social network, kind of the Instagram for kindness. The idea is that you share your acts of kindness on the network, with words and pictures. You then earn coins.

There are also kindness challenges for you to complete, like “opening a door for a stranger,” which can earn you more coins. Sounds awesome!

Price: Free with in-app purchases

Download: Awesome from the App Store (iOS)

Hook

Hook's quick panel shows linked documents.
Hook’s quick panel shows linked documents.
Photo: Hook

Hook lets you link any documents on your Mac to any other documents: emails, web pages, mind maps, notes, Pages and other kinds of documents. Pretty much anything, including individual how-to tasks in Things and OmniFocus. You do this using the popover Hook panel, which can be summoned with a keystroke. Linking documents can be as easy as dragging and dropping.

Price: $15/$20 with free trial

Download: Hook